Texas Has Spoken – New York Better Prepare for More Migrants

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Governors in Texas and Florida have been putting their actions where their words are, much to the delight of voters in those states. Texas Governor Abbot and Florida governor DeSantis, after declaring that their states are NOT sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, have resisted the federal government sending illegals to their states anyway, and got the last word by sending the migrants on to other states and cities that HAVE declared themselves sanctuaries for the persons entering the United States illegally.

Governor Ron DeSantis won his office in Florida by a landslide on Tuesday so voters obviously appreciate his no-nonsense tactics in leadership. And in Texas, it seems voters feel the same.

Democrat Beto O’Rourke challenged governor Abbot in Texas, and despite fundraising well, fell on his face Tuesday. O’Rourke — who jumped to national prominence after narrowly missing a well-funded upset of GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 — ran on public education spending and gun control.

The former Texas representative had thrown his hat in the 2020 presidential race after his narrow defeat in the 2018 Senate contest. Despite early traction, Beto quickly faded and suspended his candidacy in November of 2019. Instead, Beto became better known for a series of gaffes on gun control that would come to define his gubernatorial challenge three years hence. “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he said on a debate stage in September of 2019.

In case you are wondering, yes, we are talking about Texas.

That played well to a simpatico Democratic debate audience, but it was less popular among conservative, constitution-loving Texas voters. O’Rourke tried to redefine his stance on the issue, saying in February he wasn’t “interested in taking anything from anyone.”

He later told a group of voters that he didn’t think “people who have [AR-15 and AK-47s] in civilian use should be able to keep them.”

Still, O’Rourke remained the candidate most Democrats thought was likely to turn the state blue — but, it’s clear from vote tallies on Tuesday night that he was likely to come in about 10 points behind Abbott, give or take. This was roughly in line with the RealClearPolitics polling average, which had him down by 10.4 points.

Governor Abbott sailed past O’Rourke to cheering crowds. With 95 percent of the vote counted, according to The New York Times, Abbott led Beto by 54.9 percent of the vote to 43.8 percent of the vote.

Beto O’Rourke is going back to his skateboarding. For the third time in four years, O’Rourke failed at a challenge for higher office, this time in Texas’ governor’s race. Fox News called the race shortly after 8 p.m. local time, with The Associated Press following about two hours later.

Abbott’s win cements the conservative values in Texas, as DeSantis’ win in Florida did in his state. And New York had better prepare for more migrants.

Abbott made national headlines by sending groups of illegal immigrants that have been flooding his state during the border crisis north to cities like New York and Washington, D.C., via a state security program called Operation Lone Star.

Despite making no efforts to amend Gotham’s sanctuary city status, New York City Mayor Eric Adams called Abbott and other governors sending immigrants north “cowards” for “send[ing] people away who are looking for help.” Presumably because NYC was so willing to help, right?

Abbott doubled down on the plan in August, saying the buses and flights to New York and Washington were “providing much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities.”

“Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Biden’s open border policies,” he said in August, adding that the effort “continues to fill the dangerous gaps left by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border.” (cheers from Texans.)

At least for the next four years, however, New York City should expect to do its part in absorbing illegal immigrants allowed to enter the United States by President Joe Biden’s failed border policies — all thanks to a solid Greg Abbott and his neighboring governor, Ron DeSantis.

Speculation is, however, that O’Rourke still has massive funds and is seen as a Democratic hopeful.

As of October, O’Rourke had raised $66 million for his gubernatorial bid, according to the Houston Chronicle. This is after raising $80 million for his unsuccessful 2018 challenge to unseat Cruz.

His presidential campaign tallied another $18 million, according to Federal Election Commission receipts, bringing the final total of money squandered over a four-year period by Beto to $164 million.

Beto’s next opportunity to squander some ActBlue small-donor money on higher office comes in 2024 when Cruz’s senate seat is back up for grabs. Or, he could [snicker] run for president again, Western Journal notes.

But maybe O’Rourke better rethink trying to do that in Texas.


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